The Importance of Routine Gutter Cleaning

Importance of Routine Gutter CleaningWinter is the ideal time to ensure that debris left behind from the past seasons, including fallen leaves, pine straw, pine cones, small sticks, and acorns, have not clogged your home’s gutters. Clogged gutters may be unable to control the flow of rainwater,  and, as a contributor to observes, “An inch of rainfall doesn’t sound like much, but when it falls on an average-size roof, it adds up to a 1,900-gallon torrent sluicing off the eaves. That’s an awful lot of water that can cause an awful lot of damage if your gutters aren’t up to the task of controlling it.”

In the ongoing quest of home maintenance, routine gutter cleaning should be done at least twice a year. The good news is that the crew from Colour Solutions is up to the task. That’s right! Now, you can leave the messy and sometimes treacherous job of climbing up the ladder and clearing out that “mystery mess” to us! Even if falling leaves are not a concern, it is beneficial to have a professional examine a home’s gutters for damage and other issues.

A common problem we often encounter in southeastern N.C. is the affinity that squirrels and some birds have for the inner spaces between gutters and gutter guards. Their nests and stashes of acorns may be causing problems that you were not aware of.

When the gutters are full of debris, water becomes trapped and can leak, seep, or freeze. Any of those actions can threaten the integrity of your home’s roof, siding, and foundation. Please give Colour Solutions a call so that we can take the necessary steps to clean out your gutters and ensure they can do their intended job.

Please note that when gutters are clogged, the efficiency of the attached downspout system is severely hampered. Well-maintained gutters serve to divert rainwater away from a home. When they are not draining properly, water can pool around the foundation and too much moisture at the foundation can lead to some very expensive repairs.

To ensure that your gutters are doing their job, let us do ours! Please call the Colour Solutions team at 910-686-3067. Remember that we are also a full-service residential and commercial painting company located in Wilmington, N.C.

Importance of Clean Gutters

If your home or commercial building has gutters, be sure to keep them clear and clean for optimal use. Once gutters become clogged or damaged, they fail to divert rainwater from your roof away from your home and foundation. This could possibly lead to expensive damage down the road. Gutters that are full of debris will become too heavy for the fasteners to support them, which can lead to the gutters becoming detached from the roof (sometimes pulling part of the roof away with it).

To avoid this damage, keep those gutters clean! Here are a few tips how to do so:

Create a gutter-cleaning schedule – Gutters ought to be cleaned thoroughly three or four times a year. However, your gutters may need to be cleaned more frequently if your home is exposed to higher-than-average rainfall or debris. Write down your gutter cleaning schedule on a calendar in advance so you won’t forget.

Trim back tree branches that are close to your roof – Trees that are close to your home will most likely drop significant amounts of leaves and other debris that will eventually clog up your gutters. One way to proactively deal with this is to cut back the tree branches that are close to or hanging over your roof.

Don’t just scoop out the gutters; actually CLEAN them – Although leaves and debris will clog your gutters quickly, mildew, moss or algae may grow in your gutters over time. That’s why it’s important not just to remove the debris, but to clear out the residue that builds up.

Gutter cleaning can be a headache, but it’s an essential part of proper home maintenance. At Colour Solutions, we are happy to clean your home’s gutters for you! Give us a call today for a free estimate. 910-686-3067